kitarmen
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2011
3,019 IQ
#1
Hello. I have an 90´s Ibanez Blazer. It has a problem. The sound is verry bright or metalic (dont know how to say). It does not have a warm sound. The neck is Maple, the pickups stock. How to make the sound more warm, more bass..?
Last edited by kitarmen at Nov 11, 2012,
Battery Chicken
Viva la Revolucion!
Join date: Aug 2006
434 IQ
#2
Switching out the pickups is about all you can do. Also try Gibson vintage strings, they tend to be a little warmer, it won't make much of a difference but it's about the only cheap fix option.
Mind_Reader7
Tab Contributor
Join date: Aug 2008
1,537 IQ
#3
I have an old Fernades, and some of the pickups are a bit too bright, so I generally roll the tone knob a fair bit down.
"I think, as a musician, you should practice your technique to be as good as you need to be to facilitate whatever ideas come into your head."
- Devin Townsend
MaggaraMarine
Slapping the bass.
Join date: Oct 2009
3,411 IQ
#4
Doesn't the Blazer have single coil pickups? You might want humbuckers. They are also made in single coil size so they will fit your guitar. Humbuckers are not as bright as single coils.
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Charvel So Cal
Ibanez Blazer
Yamaha FG720S-12
Tokai TB48
Laney VC30
Hartke HyDrive 210c
MaggaraMarine
Slapping the bass.
Join date: Oct 2009
3,411 IQ
#6
What amp do you have?

You could try upgrading the bridge pickup.

Have you played other guitars through your amp and do they sound metallic?
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Charvel So Cal
Ibanez Blazer
Yamaha FG720S-12
Tokai TB48
Laney VC30
Hartke HyDrive 210c
kitarmen
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2011
3,019 IQ
#7
What do i have to replace to make this cheap guitar an realy good one? Pickups, nut, tuners, bridge. What else? maybe the wires,pots...?
MaggaraMarine
Slapping the bass.
Join date: Oct 2009
3,411 IQ
#8
What pickup positions are you using? What amp are you using?

Do all the pickups sound "metallic" or only bridge or neck or middle?

Do you have other guitars and do they sound metallic through your amp?

Have you tried your guitar through other amps and how does it sound?

Oh, and that "bright and metallic" sound you said might be "twang". If your strings are new, you get much more twang. Also single coil pickups are twangy. It's the Strat sound. I would first upgrade my pickups. Also look at your pots. There are different kind of pots like 250K and 500K (I don't really know anything about them but some people here do) and different pots go better with different pickups. Maybe google 250K vs 500K pots and you'll get some answers.

If you want less twang, you might want to buy a new guitar like Les Paul. I have heard that the "Gibson scale" (24,75 inch) sounds warmer. Also Gibsons usually are made of mahogany, I don't really know that much about tonewoods, but I have heard that mahogany guitars sound warmer than alder or maple. What genres do you play, what is your favorite band/bands?
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Charvel So Cal
Ibanez Blazer
Yamaha FG720S-12
Tokai TB48
Laney VC30
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Last edited by MaggaraMarine at Nov 17, 2012,
BobDetroit
►Motor City ♪
Join date: Jan 2009
514 IQ
#9
What you need really need is a new amp.. LOL

Really, what amp are you playing and what kind of music do you want to play? The stock pickups in my 90's Ibanez were horrible and it sounded a lot better with a pickup swap.